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Galaxy Tab S2 revealed—thinner and faster than before

by Jacob Kleinman | July 20, 2015July 20, 2015 6:30 am EST

Samsung quietly unveiled the Galaxy Tab S2 on Monday morning. The upgraded flagship tablet offers an even thinner design with upgraded hardware, potentially making it the best Android slate out there.

Samsung’s new tablet comes in 8 and 9.7-inch variants, and each model packs 2048 by 1536 pixels into its Super AMOLED display. The device also features adaptive display technology that responds to ambient light, along with a Reading Mode that adjusts the brightness so you don’t strain your eyes by looking at the screen for too long.

The Tab S2 also comes equipped with an octa-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage with microSD support, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop along with Samsung’s own UI. The smaller version packs a 4000mAh battery, while the larger model includes a 5870mAh power source.

The design looks pretty close to last year’s model, though it’s noticeably thinner at just 5.6mm. Otherwise you get a similar lightweight metal frame.

Samsung hasn’t revealed exactly when the Galaxy Tab S2 will launch or how much it will cost, but notes that it’s set to get a global release sometime in August. Suggested retail prices for the device start at €399 for the Wi-Fi-only 8-inch slate, though it’s possible that could change ahead of the official launch.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...